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Casino guy’s Jim Tressel to Nebraska report was wrong?!? NO WAY!

Nebraska gave the college football community quite the swerve on Thursday when it named Oregon State head coach Mike Riley as the man to replace Bo Pelini.  Riley’s hiring after 14 years with the Beavers and a brief stint in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers came completely out of left field because he was really never mentioned as a prospect for the job. One man who was mentioned...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFL’s remaining nationally televised games

The NFL regular season is winding down, leaving us with only four more weeks of brutal competition before the playoffs begin. Before we reach the postseason, there is plenty to settle in the AFC and NFC with the races being airtight for both divisions and wild-cards. It hasn’t been a great year for primetime football with a number of blowouts on Thursday and Sunday Night Football...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Buster Olney will abstain from Hall of Fame voting

Every December into January, the baseball world devolves into chaos because of the release of the annual Hall of Fame ballot. Barbs are thrown, players are broken down, and the whole thing becomes ridiculously repetitive, stressful, and irritating. One man has had enough, at least for this year. ESPN’s Buster Olney will be abstaining from voting his year, for the simple fact that...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Kenny Smith fires back at Charles Barkley on Ferguson comments

Throughout their years together on the NBA on TNT set, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith have playfully clashed over many issues. Usually, it’s over game-related issues and the arguments rarely spill over into other shows. Kenny and Chuck usually end their arguments with a laugh or Ernie Johnson or Shaquille O’Neal find a way to inject some humor. We’ve rarely seen the two fight...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

CBS threatens to go dark on Dish Thursday

There’s one story which we do not like covering at Awful Announcing and that is the dreaded carriage dispute between a television network and a cable and/or satellite provider. In this case, it’s CBS vs. Dish Network. It’s been over a year since the last time CBS was taken off one of the major providers and that did not go very well for the provider and its subscribers. In...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Post fires Avalanche writer Adrian Dater

Ed Note: On November 30th, Awful Announcing fired associate editor Steve Lepore after becoming aware of a pattern of harassing behavior on social media.  You can read our entire statement on the matter here.  Adrian Dater always seemed on his way to a blow-up.  After multiple very public episodes of bombastic behavior throughout his career, Dater was let go by the Denver...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 4, 2014

All Times Eastern BoxingGolden Boy Live, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall, Del Mar, CAWelterweights Alan Sanchez vs. Ed Paredes — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. College BasketballMen’sSEC/Big 12 Challenge LSU at West Virginia — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Baylor at Vanderbilt — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Arkansas at Iowa State — ESPN2, 9 p.m. Texas Christian at Mississippi — ESPNU, 9 p.m. Morehead...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State sent Devin Gardner thank you letter

Michigan may have lost The Game once again to rivals Ohio State, but the defining image of the game was the one above.  Wolverines QB Devin Gardner kneeling over injured Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett and offering condolences after his season ended thanks to a gruesome injury.  It was an all-too-rare display of humanity and sportsmanship that goes beyond wins and losses.  In fact...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Week 14 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, December 4 Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, December 7 Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, CBS 1 pm, Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Jenny DellHouston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, CBS 1 pm, Brian Anderson, Adam Archuleta Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins, CBS 1 pm, Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers-Patriots most watched regular season NFL game since 2007

There’s only so many ways you can talk about how the NFL destroys everything else in its wake on American television.  But even after a year of turmoil and scandal, it’s still true – nothing can even approach the neighborhood of the NFL in consistent television viewership. The Week 13 Packers-Patriots matchup, billed as a possible Super Bowl preview, is no exception.  Green...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ECHL player slips six meows into interview

The meow game from Super Troopers is something that often slips its way into sports interviews. At the very least, it livens up the vanilla responses we’re used to seeing over the years. Ray Kaunisto of the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings played the game during an on-ice interview, and the results were spectacular. Well done, sir. [Puck Daddy] The post ECHL player slips six meows into...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Hawaii announcer apologizes for remarks about Fresno

I’ve never been to Fresno, California, but I can’t imagine it being such a terrible place to visit.  It’s the largest city situated in the Central Valley of California and has over 80% of possible sunshine throughout the year.  That sounds pretty good, right? Well, not if you’re Hawaii play-by-play man Robert Kekaula.  After Fresno State defeated Hawaii 28-21 on Saturday...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Young takes over this postgame interview with Jordan Hill

Only Nick Young a.k.a. “Swaggy P” would take over a postgame interview of a teammate and ask him, “what’d you think of Nick Young, he’s been playing great in my eyes.” Jordan Hill came over for a postgame interview after the Lakers’ win over the woeful Pistons on TWC Sports when Swaggy P crashed the party and commandeered the microphone.  Lord, Kobe Bryant has to...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dear teenage MLB reporters: please stop

There has been a growing, rage-inducing trend this MLB offseason. Numerous teenage MLB “reporters” are seeping into the fabric of the baseball rumor mill, and making the lives of beat reporters, fans, and national writers very, very difficult. Essentially, what these teens are doing is…well, I can’t even rationalize it, really. They’re throwing rumors pulled out of thin...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley speaks out with controversial comments about Ferguson

NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley’s outspokenness is one of his major draws.  Sir Charles is known not just for his strong opinions on basketball, but on all things in society.  Barkley will always tell you exactly what he’s thinking, no matter the subject. In an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia that is now making the viral rounds, that subject was Ferguson...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Triumphant Return Of Big Game Brent

Growing up, one of the more thrilling experiences as a fan I can recall would be the return of a big time wrestler to the ring after months and sometimes years removed from the sport itself. Back then, some of the biggest names and personalities in sports (if we’ll graciously bundle pro wrestling into the sports category) were pro wrestlers like the Macho Man, Sting, Ric Flair...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Real Tweets from Real People – Shane Battier

It’s rare when an athlete is seen as a shoo-in to make a successful transition from professional athlete to television analyst.  Former Duke star and NBA veteran Shane Battier was seen as one of those surefire home run hires.  When ESPN won the race to sign Battier after he retired from the NBA and the Miami Heat, it was a formality that he’d be a major part of their broadcasting...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 3, 2014

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’sACC/Big Ten Challenge Michigan State at Notre Dame — ESPN2, 7:15 p.m. Virginia Tech at Penn State — ESPNU, 7:15 p.m. Iowa at North Carolina — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Virginia at Maryland — ESPN2, 9:15 p.m. Georgia Tech at Northwestern — ESPNU, 9:15 p.m. Duke at Wisconsin — ESPN, 9:30 p.m. Temple at St. Joseph’s — CBS Sports Network...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Rays slugger Carlos Pena joins MLB Network

MLB Network announced on Monday that former Tampa Bay Rays (among others) first baseman Carlos Pena would be joining their stable of on-air personalities. Pena will be making his debut on Thursday’s editions of MLB Now and MLB Tonight. The 36-year old Pena spent 2014 with the Rangers, and was released after playing just 18 games in the majors. Pena was an All-Star for the Rays...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

I think ESPN is just a little excited for Johnny Manziel’s first potential start

Get ready for a new wave of “ESPN’s unhealthy obsession with Johnny Manziel” themed content because this is from ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings this week…. Just think what will happen if/when Manziel is actually named the starter in Cleveland… or when he actually wins a game… or heaven forbid he leads the Browns to the playoffs?  ESPN may move their headquarters to Cleveland...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 12/2 – 12/7

Tuesday December 2 Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres (NBCSN 7:30 pm) Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Philadelphia Flyers at San Jose Sharks (NBCSN 10 pm) Randy Hahn, Jamie Baker Wednesday December 3 St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks (NBCSN 8 pm) Mike Emrick,  Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, December 4 Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

College GameDay On The Clock – Iron Bowl

As the regular season of 2014 draws to a close, College GameDay has set a record. For the first time in its 20 year history, it has broadcasted from locations within the same conference six times. Beginning with Missouri at South Carolina on September 27th, College GameDay then visited 5 more SEC locations in the next 9 weeks. For Rivalry Week, GameDay returned to the Iron Bowl for...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Peter King is drowning in his own corrections

In a Thanksgiving Day poll, AA readers named Peter King of Sports Illustrated their Turducken of the Year in sports media, narrowly eclipsing Skip Bayless and the current and former ESPN executive in charge of First Take.  I think I think that means it’s been a rough year for King. This week, things only continued to go downhill for the SI scribe as he had to issue another mind...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Credit Sports Illustrated with an assist to ESPN’s as-told-to interview with Janay Rice

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at the National Sports Journalism Center. It is interesting to note that ESPN turned to a competitor to help justify using the as-told-to format for Jemele Hill’s interview with Janay Rice that ran Friday on ESPN.com. In an in-house ESPN Front Row piece written by high-ranking network PR exec Josh Krulewitz, Vince Doria, the...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC sets new record for most-watched EPL match on American shores

It’s onward and upward for the English Premier League on American television.  The league has seen a boon as its popularity continues to increase in Year 2 of their rights deal with the peacock. NBC announced that their recent telecast of Manchester United vs Arsenal from November 22nd set a new viewership record for a live Premier League match, scoring 1.4 million viewers: ...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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